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Abstract #3260

Fiber Architecture of the Female Pelvic Floor: An Exploratory Investigation using Different Diffusion MRI Tractography Algorithms

Martijn Froeling1,2, Gustav J. Strijkers1, Ben Jeurissen3, Marije P. van Der Paardt2, Jaap Stoker2, Klaas Nicolay1, Aart J. Nederveen2, Alexander Leemans4

1Biomedical NMR, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2Department of Radiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 3Vision Lab, Department of Physics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium; 4Image Sciences Institute, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

In this study, we explored both DTI and CSD based tractography algorithms to invesitgate the female pelvic floor muscle anatomy in vivo. We have shown that both DTI and CSD can adequately describe the global architecture of the female pelvic floor. However, in regions with complex structures they show different results.